10 Top Tourist Attractions in France

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. From the mid of 2012 to till now, it attracted more than eighty three million foreign tourists. This is a tremendously high number of visitors. In fact, you could even say that this number of visitors equals the population of certain countries. For example, Germany has a population of about eighty million people. This just goes to show you how popular France is as a tourist destination. You should make a point of visiting this beautiful country to see why there is so much fuss about French culture and heritage.

However, there is more to France than just its culture and heritage. Its wines and cheeses are world famous. The artists in France are also renowned worldwide. Moreover, France is home to some of the world’s greatest historical sites, buildings and landscapes. In fact, UNESCO has designated about thirty-seven sites in France as World Heritage Sites. You should consider learning a bit more about the tourist attractions in France. They are a good place to start once you decide to tour this magnificent country. Here are the top tourist attractions in France.

 

1. The Chartres Cathedral

The Cathedral, built in the early thirteenth century is a glowing testament to the fine works of architecture during the Gothic Age in France. It is well preserved. For example, the majority of its stain glass windows are still intact. This is remarkable given that centuries have passed since artisans placed the stain glass windows in the Cathedral.

 

2. The Dune of Pyla

This is the tallest sand dune in the whole of Europe. It is located in ArcachonBay. The dune boasts of a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean at its summit. It also boasts of diversity in sights and sound. For example, the inlet of the bay is on one side while there is a large pine forest on the other.

 

3. The Palais des Papes

This is also a classic piece of Gothic architecture built in 1309. It was for a time the home of Pope Clement V after the Pope abandoned Rome to settle in Avignon. It is a building with immense historical value to both France and the Catholic Church.

 

4. The Chateau de Chambord

This is indeed one of the most beautiful buildings in France. In fact, it is the second most visited château after the one in Versailles. The construction of this wonderful building took place during the French Renaissance. King François I started its construction in 1519. The château has more than four hundred and forty four rooms. Truly, this is a must see for anyone interested in royalty and/or architecture.

 

5. The Gorge du Verdon

This long canyon rises to a height of about seven hundred meters above the VerdonRiver. The canyon is about twenty-five kilometres long. The river has a rich emerald colour that compliments the greenery of the vegetation on the canyon. The view and atmosphere in this canyon is breathtaking.

 

6. Mont Saint-Michel

This is a tiny tidal island located off the coast of Normandy. It is splendidly beautiful and the Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel lies on the peak of this rocky island, winding streets and numerous medieval buildings is surround this piece of architecture

 

7. The Palace of Versailles

Built in 1624 by Louis XIII, it was the official residence of French Kings until October 1789 when the French Revolution began. It is majestic and extremely beautiful.

 

8. The Chamonix

This is one of the most famous ski resorts in France. It is located in the French Alps, at the foot of Mt.Blanc. The first ever Winter Olympics in 1924 took place at this very site.

 

9. St. Tropez

You can find it on the world famous French Riviera. It hosts some of the most famous and extremely wealthy personalities in the world. It will offer you and unforgettable summer experience.

 

10. The Eiffel Tower

You cannot go to the top attractions in France without visiting its top attractions i.e. the EiffelTower. The EiffelTower is an engineering marvel that is iconic in both France and the world. You cannot fail to see it if ever you decide to visit some of the top attractions in France.

 

 

Author Bio- This post has been written by Sara Marie. She loves to write about various aspects of Travelling. She recommends nicehotell.no for Klikk for hoteller i Nice.